It’s Been An Embarrassing Year For Newcastle

It was a huge relief when Newcastle got their first point since the end of February on Saturday, when we managed a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom, and it was almost night and day after what happened at the King Power stadium the previous weekend, which had to be one of our most pathetic performances of the season.

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John Carver – his inexperience has not helped

In the last 10 weeks the team have put in some terrible displays, and we have had John Carver fight with his players and the fans, and he has made it clear to the press, that it’s the players who are the ones responsible for this mess.

But John doesn’t seem to fully realize that a coach’s basic job is to get the very best out of the players he has available – so he’s also culpable.

But at least John Carver knows Newcastle are not safe yet and there’s still work to do:

“The job is not done yet. I keep saying I’m not interested in who Hull or anybody else plays.” “All I’m interested in is who we play and we have QPR away and West Ham at home.”

“And we have to get points from those games.” “It’s about a million times better.” “They weren’t beaten 3-0 and they halted that run of performances.”

After the meetings last weekend with Lee Charnley and the players, and with the players themselves having their own private meeting, it looks like the powers that be finally stepped in to try to do something, and it may even be paying off.

Lee Charnley and company left it very late, but Saturday’s performance gives us some hope and even confidence that we can pick up the required number of points in our last two games.

But if we do take the drop in two weeks time, the man responsible is Mike Ashley, and he may have made his biggest mistake in his eight years at the club.

He should have strengthened the squad in January, when plenty of money was available, but because of his frugal ways – decided not to.

Newcastle are the 19th richest club in the world and the 18th most valuable club in the world currently, and relegation would be a huge blow for the Tyneside club.

This stuff about it being a good thing is simply wishful thinking.

We hope we can stay up, but with two games to go it will probably all be decided on the final day of the season a week on Sunday – and that could be  a real nail-biter.

But whether we take the drop or stay up this season, it’s been an embarrassing and even shameful year for Newcastle United.

And so difficult and painful for the fans – once again.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    May 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    I can’t imagine The Chronicle ever doing a story like that!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 11, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Rangers and Newcastle, in terms of Ashley’s control have little comparison. I imagine if a number of rich Newcastle fans owned a larger percentage of shares then Ashley then things would have gone very differently for the fans. The fact he owns NUFC outright, but only held 9% of Rangers allowed Rangers fans a far easier opportunity of getting rid.

    He is still lurking around up there though.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 11, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Its ben an embarrassing few years for Newcastle. Incredibly Carver could still potentially end up with a better record from Jan to May this year then Pardew last year. 2 wins (albeit unlikely) then we would have same points and a far better goal difference under Carver.

    Utterly shambolic throughout, and says a lot about the owners ‘ambitions’, the qualities of the backroom staff, and the character of the players.

  • spitfire_

    May 11, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s Been An Embarrassing Year For Newcastle

    Only one year, Ed? Try with 7 out of 8.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 11, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Just hanging around Kings Cross waiting for my train up to Newcastle for a well deserved break, and a few meetings in Scotland. Looking forward to crossing the Tyne, one of my favourite feelings in the world returning home after not having been back for a while.

  • BandB

    May 11, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6


    Welcome home… long has it been?

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 11, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Liam Sweeney and John Alder must be disgusted witnessing this mess from above. The players should at least make up for this seasons woeful performances and win our last two games to keep us up.

    To think that that tragedy happened this season yet our players haven’t pulled their socks up at all even with the 17th minute reminder every game of what this club means to us fans.

    It has been a shameful and appalling response from our players all season long. The least the players could do is win it for them and keep us in the best league in the world.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 11, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Thanks. Not that long in fairness, about 14 months. I try and get home once a year, and it is handy when I can tie it in with work meetings. Normally try and get home when we have a match on, but not that fussed on that one this time. Not sure I would have been willing to buy a ticket this time round, given the boycott/protests and the state of everything.

    Looking forward to catching up with friends while I am back, and a proper pint, rather than the carlsberg nonsense which is the main beer in Malawi.

  • nut meg

    May 11, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Welcome back to blighty young man.I hope the weather is kind to you but hope the footie is even kinder.

  • Average_Contents

    May 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Understatement of the century.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    On Saturday’s match, it was hardly an impressive performance, but at least it stopped the run. Still confident we will pick up at least one more win in the remaining 2 games. West Ham are short on numbers, and have been in poor form. QPR are in the same boat as us by the sound of things. Conflict within the squad and with the manager.

    Hull to go down, Boro to win the play offs and the three big North East teams in the Prem next year. More derbies for our players not to turn up in….

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 11, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Nut meg,
    Cheers mate. Fingers crossed on both counts. Would have been keen on joining the out of ground protests!

  • Munster Mag

    May 11, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    “And we have to get points from those games.” “It’s about a million times better.” “They weren’t beaten 3-0 and they halted that run of performances.”

    I’m sorry but what in the name of God is he on about ?? This is how low we have obviously sunk ….we werent beaten 3-0 . Well jolly good boys!

    Thanksfully the media are now aware just how awful Carver is ( see Ian Ladyman in Mail ) and the Ch4 programme on Ashley has finally shown people ouside of NUFC that this guy is terrible news for us and that its not fickle of Geordies to shout for him to leave. I have a bet on NUFC to go down sadly, but was optimistic about staying up at the weekend – solely because of Hull ( who really should have got more from the game ) . Now I think we will get two points in total from our games but am not sure that will be enough ??

  • lochinvar

    May 11, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    7 years out of 8
    Too true and that really puts the demise into perspective.
    Have we really allowed this to go on for so long ?
    Perhaps Ashley, Chanley, Carver and Stone could be put on zero hours contracts and told to go home as they are not wanted at work. Ha !

  • obionetom1985

    May 11, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Looking at the team when we finished 5th (3 seasons ago) we had:


    Simpson. Colocini S.taylor Santon


    Ben Arfa/Ba. Cabaye. Gutierrez


    This year we have:


    Janmat. Colocini. Williamson Haidara

    Colback. Tiote

    Cabella. De Jong. Perez


  • obionetom1985

    May 11, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s been a terrible year for us in lots of ways, and with the terrible luck we’ve had with injuries, what’s been personally frustrating is that we’ve not had the chance to see our strongest team play together consistently.

    Putting that to one side though, first and foremost, It’s not helped that pardew and then carver are completely clueless, playing a restricted negative type of football that doesn’t suit the players we have. Attempting to close down a game game after going one up has been so frustrating to watch (whenever we do go 1-0 up!)

    We need a coach with a positive style of play who’s able to get the most out of a young yet talented group of players, and that’s a big ask considering our position.

    Who would want to come?

    It beggars belief that Carvers in a chance of getting the job permanently next season, even after how terribly he’s done. Attendances of 30,000 a game and certain relegation is what would follow.

    Under Ashley, anything is possible though.

    It has to be someone from the continent, a coach wanting to prove themselves in the premier league like tuchel, galtier, and garde, who wouldn’t be to expensive you’d think. Each would be a gamble, but a much better gamble than carver in charge.

    Let’s pretend we get someone decent in, where do we strengthen?

    One glaringly obvious area where we’ve been awful and somewhere we have to strengthen in the summer is our defense.

    We’ve conceded more goals this season than any other team in the prem.

    Hardly surprising considering we sold Santon Debuchy and Mbiwa and only brought in Janmaat over the summer, add to that fact we have injury plagued, over the hill centre backs in Willo Saylor and collo. This has to be somewhere we strengthen in the summer.

    Looking at midfield, with everyone fit we have some decent options:
    Cabella Aaron’s sissoko guti gouffy Sammy on the wing

    De Jong tiote Abeid Anita colback sissoko all in centre midfield

    Again even up front with cisse Perez and rivière (better than Shola?) we’re looking decent if we can add another top striker to this list, like a Ba or a Remy we’re looking better than we have in previous seasons.

    Starts with getting the right coach, and after finishing even worse than last season, we surely have to recruit (players wise) in a similar fashion to last summer, where we brought in 5 players? Be interesting to see whether satka lascelles Kemen Armstrong can actually have an impact next season and get some games.

    Defense and a goalscorer is the priority.

  • lesh

    May 11, 2015 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Ron Knee

    Agree about the Chron not coming out over Carver’s incompetence.

    The paper must’ve been either threatened by Ashley or given a nice advertising retainer!

    And Ed, it’s right that Charnley stepped in late but I suspect he wouldn’t have had the bottle to do that unless Ashley told him to step in.


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